Two new proposals address alternative payment models for patients in Palliative Care.

The 11-member Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee(PTAC) established by MACRA to consider whether models submitted by stakeholders qualify as Medicare alternative payment models voted to move forward on proposals for two alternative payment models for review by the HHS secretary. One model, the Patient and Caregiver Support for Serious Illness model, was submitted by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. The second model is the Advanced Care Model Service Delivery and Advanced Alternative Payment Model, proposed by the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care. The models reviewed by PTAC would similarly address alternative payment models for patients in advanced stages of illnesses, who would benefit from palliative care and are not yet at the hospice care level. Both could be merged together according to news reports since with both models, doctors, nurses, and spiritual providers would collaborate under such incentivized…

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